Andrew Carpenter attended an independent school in the North of England and then went up to Cambridge University for his Bachelor degree. After Cambridge he undertook the commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and then served as a British army officer for a total of six years in various locations. On leaving the army he attended the College of Law (now the ‘University of Law’) in England before joining an international law firm in London. He is a qualified lawyer in England & Wales and Hong Kong.
Andrew was born and raised in the North East of England.
After graduating from Cambridge, a keen sense of adventure drove him to take the tests to gain entry to the commissioning course at the UK’s army officer training academy at Sandhurst. Following a year of training in leadership at Sandhurst, Andrew joined a reconnaissance regiment as a junior officer and proceeded to serve a total of six years in the UK, Germany, Canada, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. During that time he was active in adventure training expeditions and is a qualified mountain expedition leader.
Upon leaving the army as a Captain, Andrew returned to the UK to obtain his legal practice qualification. He enrolled at the College of Law, and during his time there he gained a training contract (and sponsorship through law school) with international law firm, Holman Fenwick Willan. After completing his training contract at Holman Fenwick Willan he qualified as a lawyer within the corporate department in London.
Keen to travel once again, in 2009 Andrew moved to Hong Kong and continued his work as a corporate lawyer at international law firms Watson Farley & Williams and then Stephenson Harwood. He specialises in cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures and commercial matters. Andrew also assists a number of clients with their own learning and development training and often gives seminars and participates in client internal legal learning workshops on such subjects as duties of company directors and risk analysis and mitigation in contracts.
He has remained involved with various Cambridge alumni organisations throughout his career and has also provided mentorship and career development advice to aspiring junior lawyers at various career stages, often advising on targeting applications for training contracts as well as assisting trainee lawyers in their career growth.
Andrew is an avid fan of history, current affairs, reading, motorsport, fitness and travel. In his spare time he can often be found exploring Hong Kong on his motorcycle or researching military history. For the future he aims to assist as many young people as he can in their career planning.